Monday, 20 August 2018

MPOV: The Diary of a Young Girl

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.12/5
First published: June 25, 1947
Author: Anne Frank
Genre: Autobiography, classic, non-fiction

Anne Frank had started writing in her diary when she first received one during her 13th birthday, a gift from her parents. She has written the ups and downs of her short life, mostly of their 2 years in hiding away from Hitler's Nazi regime. Throughout this tumultuous time at the 'secret annex', aside from sharing her secrets with Kitty (her diary's name), Anne has also documented the daily habits and nature of the other 7 tenants i.e. her father, mother, sister, Mr. Van Daan, Mrs Van Daan, their son Peter and Mr Dussel; their daily grouses, complaints, their bored, incompetent times including her own dreams, nightmares and wishes.

One can definitely relate to her being confined and felt her boredom, lack of communication plus growing up and becoming wiser in that 2 years. Her positive mindset in maintaining sanity was incredible as I would have been driven mad by then. With her ability to let out her grouses via her diary, it's a healthy sense since Anne was able to digress her thoughts more eloquently thus keeping her sane.

I could not fathom her age while reading her diary, as it was well expressed and written with acute sense of adulthood although there were still hints of that teenage tantrum and bickering. One wouldn't have expected a teenager of 14 could write explicitly well, so well that I kept thinking she's older. She would have made a good journalist if she's still alive, that's for sure.

Anne Frank has definitely "lived up" until today, making sure we don't forget the bloodied scars of war, the sufferings of many victims and the loss of many innocent souls. If only she had held on in just a couple of months more and she would have been free, reunited with her beloved father. Well, as it turned out, everything happens for a reason. Her diary and notes still live on, inspiring more humans in the years to come. Though this is just a diary of a young girl but it did prompted me to be more thankful in life, to be more grateful with what I do have and feeling blessed overall. Read it and be inspired to just live.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Happy Birthday Mom!

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A very happy birthday to mom! Many happy returns of the day! Hope that all your wishes come true!

Monday, 13 August 2018

MPOV: Elephants can remember

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.6/5
First published: November 1972
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Crime fiction

Mrs Oliver was recently approached by a Mrs Burton-Cox during a literary luncheon, regarding Mrs Oliver's god-daughter Celia's past. Though she was offended by the crudeness of Mrs Burton-Cox, Mrs Oliver in turn became intrigued of the event of the past. Celia's parents were shot dead near their house during an evening walk and their case was regarded as unsolved, a total mystery. In came Hercule Poirot assisting Mrs Oliver to investigate the case to find out the truth of what actually transpired, happened and solved the mystery itself.

I have never known how it's like having a twin brother or sister but this book definitely opened my literary eyes. Being identical twins at that with one having a mental issue, it's something I never thought would have happened in the past but only in current times due to the stress factor in life. So now I know, such thing does exist way back then!

This is definitely an interesting take on a crime fiction. Though at the start the story was a mystery, gradually, the plots started filling in and by midway I can roughly gauge the actual mystery and who did it. It was an engaging ride and I was intrigued to keep on continuing just to know the exact ending.

I can see why Agatha Christie is one of the best crime fiction author here. Apparently this is a lesser known book but it was truly well written. In fact, I like this book better than Murder on the Orient Express! If you enjoy reading crime fiction, this will be up your alley though do keep in mind the English prose back then - easy to understand but with a different twang to it.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A yearly excursion to Cameron Highlands.

A quick throwback to our recent trip to Cameron Highlands. One, to celebrate mom's 70th birthday. Two, dad's 6th memorial anniversary. We've gathered on Saturday to celebrate mom's birthday first. Good food and great company... such a blessed and thankful evening to be with family.


Lee's and Phang's
Headed to Cameron Highlands the next morning after breakfast. Surprisingly, it was terribly jam! No school holidays nor public holidays... harrumph! Anyway, we had a lovely time visiting dad's site and family quality time!

Another year has passed... it's an early one this time as we were hoping to avoid the rainy season but got into the peak period instead. Will see how again next year... until then...

Monday, 6 August 2018

MPOV: Since I saw you (Because you are mine #4)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.12/5
First published: May 6, 2014
Author: Beth Kery
Genre: erotic romance

When enigmatic billionaire Ian Noble sets Lin the task of ‘taming’ his brilliant, yet half-savage brother Kam Reardon, she eagerly accepts. She’s more than curious about the solitary genius and everything she’s heard about him. During their electric first meeting, her fascination increases a hundredfold. Kam practically oozes raw sex appeal. Lin is interested…very interested. But does her intense attraction and willingness to go places with him she’s never gone before in the bedroom really have to do with Kam? Or is her carefully hidden desire to blame for a man she knows she can never have?

An elusive outsider, Kam avoids intimacy, yet never shies away from satisfying his erotic appetites. But there’s something different about Lin—a reserve he’s anxious to break. A woman he’s eager to take his time with…and possess completely. A sophisticated beauty like her would never want him anywhere but in bed, but he finds himself unable to resist her.

Immediately Lin’s smooth fa├žade is undone by Kam’s overwhelming masculinity and by his irresistible erotic demands—a lesson in subjugation that leaves Lin confused, reeling, and open to things she never thought possible. Now, as the unpredictable nights between them grow darker, Lin and Kam are certain of only thing: they’re made for each other.

The above taken from www.bethkery.com

Finally reading this last book, I find that the depth of the story is a little shallow and not as romantic as before. It's a leap and bound thing where Lin and Kam just devour each other the first time they met and continuous sex without much plot. When it finally reached towards the ending then something predictable happened and somehow you'll know how it ends. Not much of a rara here...

Thankfully Beth Kery's prose is pretty straightforward and easily read fast so with much flipping, it's at the predictable ending with a simple entertained mindset ala 'happy ever after'. Definitely a light, fast read and not for the soft, weak-hearted especially if you are not susceptible to BDSM.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

My 46th birthday!

So here's a round up of my birthday this year, nothing short of memorable moments and tears of joy!
Sun, sea and shop in Phuket! Thanks hubby!!!
Happy to celebrate it with my Angels!
Not forgetting Pokemon Go had community day then with Squirtle as it's shiny with sunglasses Pokemon! A memorable family quality time for sure!
Our family of Pokemon's with sunglasses in a Gym!!!
With PH Pokemon Go team! Thanks Alice!!!
Thanks Ai Jou for this lovely journal! It's so pretty I sayang to use it lah...
Thanks Adrianne for the lipstick and beauty class! Can't wait to start on this beauties!!!
Thanks Joyce for this crochet tools!!!


Last but not least, a treat for self. Last batch before "Book buying ban" takes effect again
Overall, I'm so thankful for all these lovely celebrations and gifts! It was truly a surprise and it's a memorable 46th for me! I'm grateful too for such thoughtful best friends... without them, I'm a nobody! I'm blessed with such a beautiful family... truly am happy to celebrate my birthday with them! Amen!!!

Monday, 30 July 2018

MPOV: Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic #6)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.71/5
Author: Sophie Kinsella
First published: September 1, 2010
Genre: women's fiction, chick lit, romance, comedy

A continuation from the Shopaholic series, Mini Shopaholic is partly about Becky's toddler, incidentally named Minnie which had me thinking of my own dog as her name is Minnie too LOL! Anyway, this is book no. 6 of the series and it's a mixture of toddler tantrum plus shopping ban plus birthday party. All in all, it's Becky's struggle of her everyday life after the Bank of England has declared bankrupt and everyone in England has been hit by the financial crisis. She's still adamant to shop and throw a grand birthday party for Luke during this budget laden times. Will she be able to pull it off?

It sure is relatable as with the current volatile economy, we are heading into inflation. Many businesses have gone bust and prices have hiked up which has become a burden to most of the middle income earners. Like us. But like Becky, life is short so we should live it to the fullest, right? Why do we need to ban shopping? Why can't we reward ourselves? Why shouldn't we celebrate birthdays?

Mini Shopaholic was hilarious from the start and I was definitely entertained. As usual, I've enjoyed Becky's aloofness, clumsiness and ignorance. Thank goodness for Luke, the solid backbone for Becky to lean on and now with Minnie in the picture, an additional "terrible two" shopaholic in the making LOL! With the usual casts supporting Becky's journey, don't expect much distinct nor puny plots but a well expressed and written prose which made Shopaholic a success. If you are looking for something light and entertaining to read, this is a worthy book to go for, just as long as you don't hike up your expectation much.
Never give up on something you really want. However impossible things seem, there's always a way.

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